Above, left, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama sparred in the most heated exchange so far (left) in the Democratic presidential contest. A few words from John Edwards on the right.
Gay people were mentioned once during the debate during a question to Obama about evangelical voters.
Said Obama: “I think there have been times — there have been times where our Democratic Party did not reach out as aggressively as we could to evangelicals, for example, because the assumption was, well, they don’t agree with us on choice, or they don’t agree with us on gay rights, and so we just shouldn’t show up. And when you don’t show up, if you’re not going to church, then you’re not talking to church folk. And that means that people have a very right-wing perspective in terms of what faith means and of defining our faith….And as somebody who believes deeply in the precepts of Jesus Christ, particularly treating the least of these in a way that he would, that it is important for us to not concede that ground. Because I think we can go after those folks and get them.”
Below, a three-minute clip of the debate, with highlights of the jabs and one-liners.